Rotherwas X- Country Men’s Captain Report

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First plaudits surely go to Tom Davies, gamely and with customary resolution starting a comeback from a multiplicity of injuries. Lesser mortals might have called a halt after a couple of laps. Not Tom, no way. He gritted his teeth to finish in 84:45. Fresh from completing his 50th Ludlow Parkrun only the previous day, Bryan Markham was 2nd MV75 in a very respectable time of 72:57. Bryan may have been the oldest in the field but he’s certainly not yet ready to be put out to grass.

Race reports often overlook good performances in the middle of the field, so let’s begin there. Dark horse Matt Moffatt, posted another tidy result, going well on soft ground, to finish in 35th position (45:05). Glyn Williams, who runs well in most conditions, was not far behind in 44th place (46:09). The B team was completed by Greg Jones (51st, 47:05), still learning the Herefordshire XC courses and Jasper Robinson, first Junior Male (66th, 48:55).

Losing the bragging rights to his son but still running well, Ashley Robinson led home the C team, finishing 1st MV65 (72nd, 49:48). A highlight of the day was a ‘breakthrough’ performance by Scott Hardie, tiring a little in the last mile but otherwise pacing himself well and picking up several places in the overall field with a strong finishing kick (73rd, 49:56). Scott was my marker throughout the race, helping to drag me into 3rd place in the MV60 category (75th, 50:02).

Bryn Roberts must be pleased with his run, finishing 15 places higher than in the previous race at Croft Ambrey, this time 80th(51:16). Ian Price was not quite at his usual high standard but still first MV70 in 53:02 (91st), while Guy Whitmarsh was 2nd MV70 in 55:57. Rob Wood finished in 56:42 (105th).

At the head of the field, Mark Lamonby led us home once again in 39:15 (7th). Unfortunately, Mark Thomas had to pull out but hopefully will be all the stronger at Queenswood, after Christmas. Simon Norwood (19th, 42:21) won a close battle in a group that included Jordan McQueen (21st, 42:25). Will Gore completed the A team (32nd, 44:21). It’s astounding to think that I actually beat Will in January 2018, when he completed the same course, in similar conditions in 49:43 – more than 5 minutes slower than this time. What an improvement in less than 12 months! For me of course it’s a painful lesson in youth versus age. One path leads upward, the other leads …

7Mark LamonbySM39.15
19Simon NorwoodMV4542.12
21Jordan McQueenSM42.25
32Will GoreSM44.21
35Matt MoffattMV4045.05
44Glyn WilliamsMV 4546.09
51Greg JonesMV4547.05
66Jasper RobinsonJM48.551st Junior Male
72Ashley RobinsonMV6549.481st MV65
73Scott HardieSM49.56
75Neil TaylorMV6050.023rd MV60
80Bryn RobertsMV4551.16
91Ian PriceMV7053.021st MV70
103Guy WhitmarshMV7055.572nd MV70
105Rob WoodMV6056.42
119 Bryan MarkhamMV7572.572nd MV75
120Tom DaviesMV7084.45

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